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We’re Mad As Hell…

And the Pensacola city council isn’t going to take it any more.

Rick Outzen has the outline in Tempers flare at City Council

The Pensacola City Council cut off BP Civic Affairs Director Liz Castro three pages into her PowerPoint presentation after the community liaison failed to answer simple question about the boom decontamination operation BP wants to establish at Pensacola Shipyards on Bayou Chico.

Ms Castro didn’t even know if the Florida Department of Environmental Protection had issued a permit for this operation, and she wanted the council to approve it. The council is wasting its time even considering the issue if DEP hasn’t given its approval.

I would think that the council is of the opinion that, since the oil hasn’t reached Pensacola, it would be stupid to start importing it, and there has been a hell of a lot of money spent cleaning up Bayou Chico from past abuse.

There is another problem with some of what BP is trying to do, and that is the Florida Sunshine Law. If they take the entire council on a tour of their operation, the media has to go along and a record has to be kept, which I feel sure would make BP unhappy. You have to understand that the people of Florida assume that politicians are crooks, so they demand written records and public access to any meetings where something may be decided.


1 hipparchia { 05.25.10 at 1:31 am }

You have to understand that the people of Florida assume that politicians are crooks,

and we’ve been justified in that assumption once or twice.

2 Badtux { 05.25.10 at 9:42 am }

ONLY once or twice? 😉
.-= last blog ..Cooking =-.

3 Bryan { 05.25.10 at 9:54 am }

I believe there’s a “per year” missing, Badtux, and that would be for local politicians, and “per month” for the state, not including Miami.

4 Kryten42 { 05.25.10 at 3:14 pm }

I’ve always said that if you assume that any politician is either crooked, stupid, or both… you’ll be right more often than not. Every now and then, you find an honest sane politician… usually just before he has a tragic plane or car *accident*! 😈

5 Bryan { 05.25.10 at 9:30 pm }

Being an honest politician is more hazardous to your health than a four-pack-a-day habit.